Step 1: Begin the class by sharing the following incidents:
- School has arranged for a fest in the playground. A day before the fest, it rained heavily so the school authorities decided to shift the venue of the fest from open playground to Multi Purpose Hall.
- The school plans to close down for 7 days during Dusshera like every other year.
- The school is planning to work on this Saturday for the full day as some medical camp has to be organised as per the directives of the state government.
- The school plans to start its new academic session in first week of April.
Step 2: Ask the class to ponder on the following scenarios for 5 minutes and classify them in to two categories:
- The situation which will occur only once
- The situation which will occur again and again
Step 3: Now, explain the students the two types of plans an organisation has:
- Single – Use Plan: A set of activities aimed at achieving a specific goal within a particular budget and time period that is unlikely to be repeated in future. Out of the Scenarios mentioned above, we can clearly see that Scenario 1 and 3 are a part of single use plans.
- Standing Plans: Standing plans are often developed once and then modified a little to suit the Organisation’s needs as and when required. Scenarios 2 and 4 are clearly standing plans as school has a policy of closing down for vacations but they will inform the dates later depending on the operational schedule of the school. Similarly, School has a plan to start a new academic session in the first week of April every year but they will communicate the exact dates with little changes later.
Step 4: Give some more such scenarios to the students and ask them to clearly segregate it into single – use or standing plans. (Refer to the Practice Worksheet)
Step 5: After Introduction of the concept, the detailed information on both the plans will follow in the next class.